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Henry A Fleckenstein, Jr. died peacefully December 12, 2014, age 74, with his family by his side. The last several years of his life was a challenge which he faced without a complaint, bitterness or regret. Instead he maintained his love of life, of nature, of family and friends and God.
Henry lived a full and rewarding life. He served in the US Army with the 101st Airborne as a Paratrooper from 1960 - 1964. Among his accomplishments were the books he wrote: Decoys of the Mid-Atlantic Region, 1979, American Factory Decoys, 1980, Shorebird Decoys, 1980, New Jersey Decoys, 1983,and Southern Decoys, 1983. He also illustrated Ward Brothers Decoys and Pioneer Decoy Carvers. He was a contributing author to Chesapeake Bay Decoy Carvers and the Men Who Made Them. In addition to his books, he has written numerous auction catalogues, provided photography and illustrations to numerous sporting publications.
Henry was participant at the Easton Waterfowl Festival from its beginning and was one of the first elected to the Water Fowl Festival Hall of fame where he was acknowledged for his expertise and knowledge of decoys as well as his commitment to promoting appreciation of this true American art form.
For many years he consulted with the Have de Grace Decoy Museum of Have de Grace, Md. as well as the Ward Museum in Salisbury, Md. and the Shelbourn Museum in Vermont. He has made contributions of his photography and decoys to the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Museum in Williamsburg, Va. and the Mariners Museum in Newport News, Va.
In 1994 Henry was invited to speak at the prestigious Mid-West Birding Symposium where he shared the stage with Roger Tory Peterson. Meeting Mr. Peterson could have only been topped by meeting his favorite bird artist, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, now they can join together in the glory of their passions.
With birds and decoys being his passion, the loves of his life were his God, his family and friends and his dogs. He leaves behind to celebrate his life, his wife, of 22 years, Pam, his daughter Kate Fleckenstein Mack and son-in-law Devin, his sons Joshua Henry Fleckenstein, Taylor Andrew Applegarth, John B Bowen, Ryan B Bowen and daughter-in-law Sara Bowen, his brother Charles Fleckenstein, nephews Justin, Jeremy & Jeffery, nieces Sandy & Debbie Harris. His grandchildren Oliver Henry Mack, Arcadia Immanuel -Applegarth and Sibyl Immanuel-Applegarth and his beloved dogs J.S. Mosby and Butterball.
He was predeceased by his parents and the best dog ever, Jubal Lee.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, December 18, 2014 beginning 11:00 a.m. at St. Marys Refuge of Sinners Catholic Church with Celebrant William Lawler.
Family will receive friends the hour prior to service.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Henry's name can be made to one's favorite charity.
Arrangements entrusted to Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A., Cambridge.
To share memories and send online condolences please visit www.newcombcollins.com
So sorry. What a great and kindly person. Pam so very sorry for you loss. Me and Trudy oftend think of you two. With all our love, Pete and Trudy creager
Peter creager Jan 15 2015 12:00 AM
A lot of good memories and fond thoughts. Thanks for all the knowledge shared with me.
Leslie L. ("Larry") McDaniel Jan 6 2015 12:00 AM
We offer our condolences to Henry's family on his passing. We knew him better as friend and Bel Air high school classmate "Sonny", way back in the fifties. He was fun to be around, and well liked. He leaves a great legacy of writings and decoy artistry, and will be long remembered.
Gordon and Anne Jung Dec 19 2014 12:00 AM
I had the honor of serving as Henry's physical therapist many years ago when I lived on the Eastern Shore. Henry was a very special loving person who will be missed by many and remembered for a long time. I think of him often and am so saddened by his passing.
Sarah Lees Dec 18 2014 12:00 AM
Time & knowledge willingly shared - May God Bless You Henry - Rest in Peace.
Jim Trimble - jlt Dec 18 2014 12:00 AM
Thinking of you
Joy Messick Dec 17 2014 12:00 AM
So sorry to about Henry. Prayers to all the family.
Jacki Blake Dec 17 2014 12:00 AM
Henry and his best friend John Sullivan were the pair of authors, collectors and mentors for a generation of new decoy collectors and wildfowl hunting history buffs of which I am one of the many. They gave me, and the many, hours and hours of their time and knowledge of our wildfowl heritage... and they became our friends.
Henry Stansbury Dec 17 2014 12:00 AM
Pam and family, I am so sorry for your loss of Henry. He was such a unique and humble man. Melissa and I had many interesting conversations with Henry over the years and such a wise man he was. Many hugs and prayers go out to you and your family from all of us who worked with him during some of his rehab years. It was our privilege to know him and call him our friend. God bless all of you and Rest in Peace, Henry. You will be missed by many.
Scottie Marshall Dec 17 2014 12:00 AM
Pam, We are so sorry to hear of Henry's passing. He will be greatly missed by many. We are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time
Kathy and Larry Foxwell Dec 16 2014 12:00 AM